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Manolo for the Brides » Fun stuff http://manolobrides.com Manolo Loves the Brides! Wed, 30 Apr 2014 11:36:42 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.3.11 May the Force Be With Them http://manolobrides.com/2012/12/03/may-the-force-be-with-them/ http://manolobrides.com/2012/12/03/may-the-force-be-with-them/#comments Mon, 03 Dec 2012 17:13:40 +0000 http://manolobrides.com/?p=12290 Check out this adorkable method of proposing marriage featured at The Mary Sue:

This is just the sort of imagination I love to see go into a proposal. Pick something that means something to the person you’re proposing to, and use it in a creative way.

ps: I hope she said yes!

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Engagement Season Is Upon Us http://manolobrides.com/2012/11/30/engagement-season-is-upon-us/ http://manolobrides.com/2012/11/30/engagement-season-is-upon-us/#comments Fri, 30 Nov 2012 23:04:14 +0000 http://manolobrides.com/?p=12282

Sorry about the lateness of the posting. Things – particularly weather and some spotty power access – happened.


I thought you might all find it interesting to learn a little bit of trivia. Did you know that roughly 40% of all marriage proposals take place between the months of November and February? And the most popular time to propose marriage is Christmas?

Here are a couple other burning questions about engagement you probably never thought to ask.

Approximately 20% of men propose on one knee.

The first diamond engagement ring was given by Emperor Maximilian I to Mary of Burgundy in 1477.

Today some 74% of brides receive diamond engagement rings. Of those, roughly 60% help choose their rings, and 3% pick their own rings by themselves.

The average diamond engagement ring today costs $3,500 – $4,000.

When Grace Kelly played Tracy Lord in the film High Society, the role of her character’s engagement ring was played by Kelly’s own engagement ring for her upcoming marriage to Prince Rainier of Monaco.

To those of you hoping for a wedding proposal in the coming months, I hope it’s in the offing for you!

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Fun Tool to Narrow Choices http://manolobrides.com/2012/11/27/fun-tool-to-narrow-choices/ http://manolobrides.com/2012/11/27/fun-tool-to-narrow-choices/#comments Tue, 27 Nov 2012 18:56:29 +0000 http://manolobrides.com/?p=12264

Going shopping for a wedding gown can be an intimidating and confusing process to start. After all, how many of us have tried on a formal gown since Prom? A tiny minority, that’s how many. And then so many women go in with a Vision – complete with a capital Vis – that may or may not have anything to do with the shapes of their bodies, or their usual style.

So how to figure out before you get to the salon with an hour long appointment that maybe mermaid isn’t your best look? Or that ballgowns drown you? Or that strapless does precisely nada for your bosom?

Well, one thing you can do is go to the Bride’s website and check out their virtual dressing room tool. It’s free to use, and can give you good idea of how different sorts of wedding gown styles are likely to look on you. You simply upload a photo of yourself (tips included on how to best do that for the tool), and use over four hundred photos of real wedding gowns to see what your best and worst bets are. Save the pics of the best and worst looks for easy reference. Oh, and one feature I really loved? It tells you whether the gown you’re looking at is available in plus sizes or not. But even if you fall in love with a gown that doesn’t come in your size, chances are someone out there makes one in a similar line that will fit you.

Don’t feel like handing over your email? That’s okay. They also have a series of generic pictures that you can use. Pick the one closest to your body shape, and you’ll still get some valuable winnowing done. You can’t save those photos for later reference, but you can always take another look.

Obviously there’s no substitute for actually seeing gowns on your specific body in real life. No matter how good the program is, it won’t be the same as a three-dimensional, moving, breathing experience. Still, it’s a handy tool to start with if you’re confused about what is going to look good on your figure.

And do try a bit of everything. You never know what surprisingly good look there might be for you.

Besides, if one of the experiments looks bad, who’s going to see it? Just you. Isn’t that better than you and the salon consultant and your entourage?

Yeah, that’s what I thought, too.

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Cut Up About Cardboard http://manolobrides.com/2012/11/23/cut-up-about-cardboard/ http://manolobrides.com/2012/11/23/cut-up-about-cardboard/#comments Fri, 23 Nov 2012 16:21:16 +0000 http://manolobrides.com/?p=12253
Lauren Adkins requests the pleasure of your company at her wedding to a cardboard cutout of Edward Cullen on January 26, 2013 in a wedding chapel somewhere in Las Vegas, NV.

She doesn’t really. You’re not invited. Neither am I. But that’s how she intends to spend the day.

No, the laws haven’t changed to make this a legal ceremony, and she isn’t coming out as a huge Twihard. This is actually a piece of performance art intended to be part of her graduate thesis on how media shapes people’s ideals of the perfect relationship.

Adkins, 24 and a student at the University of Las Vegas finds herself intrigued with how books, films, and television tell us the story of what to look for in a mate. Funnily enough, when the story was picked up by the UK Metro, they entirely missed the point that this was a tongue in cheek piece of her thesis.

Lauren, best of luck with your thesis! Oh, and if you don’t mind, I’m going to wish you sparkles on that special day when you marry your cardboard vampire.

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Politics, Schmolitics! Let’s See Their Wedding Photos! http://manolobrides.com/2012/11/10/politics-schmolitics-lets-see-their-wedding-photos/ http://manolobrides.com/2012/11/10/politics-schmolitics-lets-see-their-wedding-photos/#comments Sat, 10 Nov 2012 19:06:13 +0000 http://manolobrides.com/?p=12192 The election is over. We’ve cast our votes, the winners have been declared and now it’s time to let go of party animosity and find ways to work together. And you know what always makes me feel good? A wedding!

The only president ever to marry in the White House was Grover Cleveland, when he married twenty-one year old Frances Folsom. There may have been (and in fact, there was) a twenty-seven year age gap between them, but they had a happy marriage by every account I’ve heard or read.

But while other presidents did not marry in office, most of them did marry at some point before getting elected. In fact, the only lifelong bachelor to serve as president of the US was James Buchanan. His neice, Harriet Lane, was his official hostess. Several others were widowers when they took office, such as Thomas Jefferson who depended on his older daughter, Martha, and his good friend Dolley Madison to handle the particulars of the social side of things.

So what did some of our most famous leaders look like on their wedding days? Take a look and see!

Here are Gerald and Betty Ford on their wedding day in 1948. He was late to the wedding due to campaign obligations… but it paid off. He was elected to Congress just three weeks later.

Or how about someone less recent and more celebrated? For instance, Abraham and Mary Lincoln:

Yes, that’s their wedding picture.

I love this sweet, intimate moment between Bill and Hillary Clinton. It’s a flat out lovely wedding photo.

On a more awkward note, here are Harry and Bess Truman with their wedding attendants.

JFK and Jackie look a lot more animated in this wedding picture. Interesting fashion note, Jackie designed her own gown. It’s long been one of my favorite wedding gowns ever. I like it almost as much as I like mine.

George and Barbara Bush cutting their wedding cake. I’m not sure what the observer on the right is thinking, but if he’s anything like me, he’s wishing for chocolate.

And here’s our current president and first lady in the aftermath of their 1992 wedding. My guess is it’s a pretty good match for how they felt one wednesday morning:

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Lost and Found http://manolobrides.com/2012/11/09/lost-and-found/ http://manolobrides.com/2012/11/09/lost-and-found/#comments Fri, 09 Nov 2012 12:30:19 +0000 http://manolobrides.com/?p=12186
It’s a good thing Vicki Belanger hasn’t moved house in seventeen years.

You see, seventeen years ago, Belanger’s siser, Valerie Lynch was putting sunscreen on her two very small children and her young nephew, all of whom were under the age of five, before heading off to a waterfront outing. She was doing this in Belanger’s back yard. As a precaution, she slipped off her wedding and engagement rings and put them aside on a platform next to the swing set.

Unfortunately, she forgot to put her rings back on before they left.

When Lynch discovered her rings were missing, she raced back to her sister’s house only to find… she couldn’t find them. About a year and a half later, Belanger found Lynch’s wedding ring, but not the diamond engagement ring.

And that’s where matters stood until October 28 of this year. By then, Belanger had met up with Kent Blethen, a jewelry hunting enthusiast. Belanger told him of her sister’s missing ring and Blethen offered to help her look for it.

After seventeen years, it took Blethen all of forty minutes to find the ring, still in Belanger’s back yard under roughly an inch of soil. The ring was cleaned, and then Belanger called her sister to tell her to come over without fail on the following friday.

This is how Lynch looked when her ring was revealed to her.

In all those years, she had never had the ring replaced. She just felt the original was too special.

After this, I think most of us would agree that the story by itself makes it far too special to think of replacing.

As for her husband, Mike Lynch, he’s relieved.

You see, today is their anniversary and now he feels he’s off the hook.

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A Message from Jake the Cat http://manolobrides.com/2012/11/01/a-message-from-jake-the-cat/ http://manolobrides.com/2012/11/01/a-message-from-jake-the-cat/#comments Thu, 01 Nov 2012 16:16:01 +0000 http://manolobrides.com/?p=12152 Twistie is not good today. She claims it is not an overdose of leftover Halloween candy, but that is her story.

My typing is not good, but I leave you with this truth for all cat-owned brides:

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An Important PSA From Manolo for the Brides http://manolobrides.com/2012/10/07/an-important-psa-from-manolo-for-the-brides/ http://manolobrides.com/2012/10/07/an-important-psa-from-manolo-for-the-brides/#comments Sun, 07 Oct 2012 15:31:49 +0000 http://manolobrides.com/?p=12014
(Image via Daily Squee)
When planning your outdoor wedding, watch out for squirrels.

That is all.

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No, No, It’s the Dress You Trash! http://manolobrides.com/2012/08/27/no-no-its-the-dress-you-trash/ http://manolobrides.com/2012/08/27/no-no-its-the-dress-you-trash/#comments Mon, 27 Aug 2012 16:53:22 +0000 http://manolobrides.com/?p=11837
A lot of women have the recurring fear that they will lose their wedding or engagement ring in a bizarre plumbing accident… but not many imagine they’ll accidently throw it away.

Well, that’s how Danielle Carroll lost her wedding band.

Carroll, an artist, was taking a painting class in Battery Park in New York City. At the end of class, everyone threw their rags into a plastic garbage bag brought along for the purpose. Carroll says she had been using a ‘slippery hand cleaner’ right before she disposed of her rag, and believes that this is when her wedding ring slipped off her finger unnoticed.

It was actually Carroll’s second wedding ring. Her husband bought her the band with nine diamonds for their tenth anniversary last year, to replace the one she’d already lost.

In the wee hours of the morning, Carroll realized her ring was gone and attempted to sneak out of her apartment to go looking for it without her husband being any the wiser. As it turns out, he woke up and joined her for the search.

When she got to the trash can where she thought the garbage bag had been thrown, though, it turned out sanitation workers had already emptied it out. Undaunted, Carroll spotted a garbage truck nearby with nobody in it. She left a note that read:

‘Hello, I believe my wedding ring is in this truck….please call me to tell me where this truck is going,’

The driver of the truck, Gary Gaddist, called Carroll when he returned and said he would look for the ring.

So Gaddist searched through garbage bags at Randall’s Island until he found the one with Carroll’s ring in it.

Asked why he went the extra mile, he said:

It’s a love thing.

Gary Gaddist, Manolo for the Brides salutes you. You were willing to wade through garbage to help a stranger find her wedding ring. That’s not something you see every day.

So, my dear readers, if any of you ever lose your wedding or engagement ring and think it might have slipped into a garbage can, you know the super sanitation worker to call!

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Olympic Rings, Engagement Rings http://manolobrides.com/2012/08/11/olympic-rings-engagement-rings/ http://manolobrides.com/2012/08/11/olympic-rings-engagement-rings/#comments Sat, 11 Aug 2012 17:53:52 +0000 http://manolobrides.com/?p=11778
(Image via VanScoy Diamonds)

We all know the iconic Olympic rings. Well, other rings have been making regular appearances at the Games as couples get engaged on the eastern lawn of Park Live, where the Olympic Park big screens live. According to The Telegraph, at least it has been the site of at least twenty-five marriage proposals over the course of the Games. The most popular time to pop the question? Between 7:30 and 8:30 in the evening, as the sun is setting and the lights go on.

I hope you’ll all join me in wishing these couples the very happiest of marriages.

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